Father charged with child neglect after police locate two-year-old in vehicle full of used needles

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 16, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Davidson County man has been charged with child neglect and additional drug-related charges after police found the man's two-year-old daughter sleeping in the backseat of a vehicle that contained numerous drug needles early Saturday morning.

Robert Brawley was arrested by officers on Saturday when police located him asleep in his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on Lebanon Pike. This occurred after a call was received around 4:45 a.m. reporting a white Chevy Trail Blazer with dark tinted windows driving recklessly with no headlights on in the parking lot.

Upon arriving, police located the vehicle and found Brawley inside it along with his girlfriend, Sarah Scott, and Brawley's two-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Brawley.

Police reported that needles were visible in plain sight when Brawley awoke and exited the vehicle. Scott had needles in her lap as well.

Once Brawley was searched by police, he was found to have more needles in his pockets as well as two different substances on his person, one which tested positive for crystal meth and another that tested positive for the presence of heroine.

When the vehicle was searched, police found used needles throughout, including in the backseat where the two-year-old was sleeping.

Police also located a marijuana cigarette, a scale, and a drug pipe.

The paramedic on the scene reported that the child showed signs of being malnourished. She was then transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.